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Archive for December, 2008

Cuban Travel

By Linda Tancs

According to the American Society of Travel Agents, the Obama administration is being urged to consider lifting travel restrictions to Cuba. To be sure, Castro and his cohorts are no more antagonistic towards American ideals than the Venezuelan administration, yet there are no barriers to travel there. Perhaps the time has come to let bygones be bygones. Then you, too, can enjoy places like Hotel Nacional de Cuba and other former playgrounds of the rich and famous like Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner.

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Illuminations in Virginia

By Linda Tancs

What do the cities of Richmond, Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth, Norfolk and Virginia Beach have in common? Besides their location along Route 64 in the Commonwealth of Virginia, these cities play host to the award-winning 100 Miles of Lights extravaganza. Now through early January, take advantage of the events in these host cities celebrating the season. Choose from several activities such as the drive-through lights display in Newport News, the Grand Illumination in colonial Williamsburg or the dinner cruises in Norfolk or Portsmouth highlighting the festooned waterfront. There’s no need to vote for favorites. Whatever the outcome, the “eyes” have it.

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Baltimore Lights Up

By Linda Tancs

For 60 years, the Hampden neighborhood in Baltimore at 34th Street has lit up in the spirit of the season. This year is no different. Each house on the block flipped the switch the Saturday after Thanksgiving to reveal a spectacle of lights befitting an amusement park. To be sure, this show of solidarity is not unique but nevertheless attracks visitors from around the globe. Clearly, it seems to be a wonderful life on 34th Street. Discover the miracle for yourself.

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Smaller Carry-ons Mean More Checked Baggage

By Linda Tancs

Falling in line with the majority, Continental recently reduced its carry-on sizing from 51 linear inches (length plus width plus height) to 45 linear inches. If it doesn’t fit, you must remit (a fee, that is, for checking it). So break out a ruler and save yourself the hassle at the airport.

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Strolling Nantucket

By Linda Tancs

Nantucket’s Christmas Stroll returns this year from 5 to 7 December with the usual fare: live music, tours, crafts and Santa’s visit (with the Mrs. of course) via Coast Guard vessel on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Town Crier will announce their arrival and escort them to their horse-drawn carriage for the journey down Main Street. An author once wrote, “All the stories I’ll ever need are right here on Main Street.” The folks on Nantucket would surely agree.

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Miami Art Show Begins

By Linda Tancs

Art Basel in Miami Beach, Florida is reputedly the most important art show in the U.S. Taking place this year from 4 to 7 December, the sister show to Switzerland’s Art Basel will showcase more than 2000 artists and 250 galleries from around the world. So head on over to the Convention Center for this year’s cultural infusion. Ticket prices range from $15 for an evening pass to $35, $55 and $75 for one-day, two-day and permanent passes, respectively. See why art reigns in Miami.

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Philly’s Christmas Spirit

By Linda Tancs

Manayunk means “where we go to drink” in the Lenape Indian language, but this classic town in the northwestern reaches of Philadelphia is more than just a watering hole. Named a National Historic District in 1983, this bustling little hamlet of 60 shops and almost as many restaurants is a holiday favorite with shoppers looking to ditch the malls for a taste of Main Street, USA. Visit the arts and crafts tents every weekend through 21 December for contemporary homespun treats and check out the demonstrations of 19th century candle making, glass blowing, and weaving at Ye Olde Craft Shoppe. Best of all, admission is free.

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House of Glass

By Linda Tancs

The Cathedral of Mary in Erfurt, Germany is getting ready for a facelift. And this won’t be the express version–rather, a 19-year painstaking restoration of its painted glass windows is in the works. Even Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in a shorter span of time. But then again, its restoration from the 1980s took about 14 years. While the glass is out of commission, why not meander about the Christmas flower exhibition gracing the church’s nearly century-old arches?

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